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Costa Concordia pulled upright

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The crippled Costa Concordia cruise ship was pulled completely upright early Tuesday after a complicated, 19-hour operation to wrench it from its side where it capsized last year off Tuscany, with officials declaring it a "perfect" end to a daring and unprecedented engineering feat.

Shortly after 4 a.m., a foghorn wailed on Giglio Island and the head of Italy's Civil Protection agency, Franco Gabrielli, announced that the ship had reached vertical and that the operation to rotate it — known in nautical terms as parbuckling — was complete.

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Norsafe GES52 FreeFall Lifeboat 66,8m (220ft) new world record 03.09.2013


This is a new world record for free-fall lifeboats, and Norsafe has hereby taken back its record, which has been in the company’s possession since 1999, with only two brief exceptions. The new generation free-fall lifeboat, GES52, fulfils the latest standards for life-saving appliances on the Norwegian continental shelf, and will be certified for heights of up to 51 metres! Norsafe GES52 (Gravity Escape System) is the second model in a series of three newly developed free-fall lifeboats, all meeting the new DNV-OS-E406 regulations that take effect from 2015.

GES52 is 52 feet long, has a capacity for at least 70 persons of 100kg. The boat’s design has undergone extensive testing that has shown its good characteristics, offering the best possible conditions for a safe evacuation in an emergency situation. Norsafe is the world leading provider of marine life-saving systems, and has become known over its 110-year history for always setting safety and quality as its first priorities.

source: http://www.tnp.no/norway/economy/3954-norway-takes-back-free-fall-life-boat-record

Shipbuilding boosts South Korean exports

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South Korean exports beat market expectations in August, helped by a tentative recovery in the country’s shipbuilding sector and a surge in smartphone sales to the US.

Exports of $46.4bn were 7.7 per cent higher year on year, beating a 4 per cent consensus forecast given in a Reuters poll of economists. Imports rose 0.8 per cent.

The data will bolster hopes of sustained quickening in an economy where exports account for more than half of gross domestic product, and which has been hit over the past five years by faltering demand in its key export markets, notably Europe and the US.

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